PaperSpecsGallery.com Presents: The Digital Cookbook (Video)
Before our age of 24/7 food shows, cooking used to be such a personal affair. It’s a skill you’d pick up from a family member or two, honing and refining it until you were finally deemed worthy of inheriting grandma’s recipe book. Inside you found dog-eared pages, delightful scents from meals long past, and handwritten notes from grandma herself about what worked, what didn’t, and why a particular dish meant so much to her.
It’s this same sense of cookbook as heirloom that Sydney’s Digitalpress reproduces so beautifully in “Dish,” a volume featuring 86 recipes from 44 of Australia’s finest chefs. All profits from the sale of both the $75 standard version and $100 limited edition (signed by a large number of the chefs featured) go to the Starlight Children’s Foundation, which brightens the lives of seriously ill children and their families in Australia through hospital programs and experiences. (“Dish” can be purchased here.)
Designed by co-publisher and creator Kelly Shield - a former chef turned graphic designer and avid cookbook collector – “Dish” is not only a great collection of recipes (rosewater milk pudding with watermelon granita anyone?), but an impressive example of the quality that can be achieved with digital printing today.
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The text pages were digitally printed CMYK + Blue (plus blue on the special 5th unit to closely match the required Pantone blue) on Sovereign Offset 120 gsm, a smooth white uncoated stock, using a Kodak NEXPRESS, explains Digitalpress Owner Theo Pettaras. These were then Smyth sewn with blue thread to match the color of the title on the cover before being case bound into the covers.
“The cover was digitally printed with a Tuffkote matte celloglaze as it provides a more robust finish and it’s hard to scratch, [plus] it avoids marking, particularly when you’re in the kitchen. Then a high-build spot UV was applied to give the cover some texture and further visual interest.”
As you can see, that “visual interest” is nothing short of recreating a dinner plate right on the cover, complete with border decorations and a couple of authentic-looking cracks, all against another textured background entirely.
The exposed binding further enhances the homemade feel, suggesting that this is indeed a piece to be treasured. The blue thread matches both the title on the cover as well as that other fantastic detail: the die-cut and white-foil-stamped slipcase made from Arjowiggins Curious Matter paper. (As the paper nerds among us will recall, Curious Matter is made from potato starch - fitting for a cookbook, don’t you think?)
Cracking open “Dish” you’ll not only find a bevy of new recipes inside, you’ll also discover personal comments by the chefs themselves, rendered in a handwriting typeface, concerning their experiences with food and cooking – a nice little personal touch.
This might not be grandma’s recipe book handed down through the generations, but its unique design and conversation-starting cover are enough to make this volume worthy of passing down to your own children and grandchildren.
Sabine Lenz is the founder of PaperSpecs.com, the first online paper database and community specifically designed for paper specifiers.
Growing up in Germany, Sabine started her design career in Frankfurt, before moving to Australia and then the United States. She has worked on design projects ranging from corporate identities to major road shows and product launches. From start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, her list of clients included Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Deutsche Bank, IBM and KPMG.
Seeing designers struggle worldwide to stay current with new papers and paper trends inspired Sabine to create PaperSpecs, an independent and comprehensive Web-based paper database and weekly e-newsletter. She is also a speaker on paper issues and the paper industry. Some refer to her lovingly as the "paper queen" who combines her passion for this wonderful substrate called paper with a hands-on approach to sharing her knowledge.